The Vancouver Canucks have traded Thomas Vanek to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
There was considerable pressure on the Canucks to move Vanek ahead of the deadline with no contract in place, so this deal fits all the right pieces.
It’s believed Vancouver is acquiring Jussi Jokinen and Tyler Motte in exchange for Vanek, although that may change at this point.
The 34-year-old has 17 goals and 24 assists in 61 games this season.
Vanek played his best hockey as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, posting 84 points in 82 games in 2006-2007.
He found some chemistry with Henrik and Daniel Sedin in Vancouver and could be a solid piece for the Blue Jackets to help supplement depth scoring. He should also assist on the power play, which is in dire need of a boost.
Vanek will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He was signed to a one-year deal worth $2 million.
Columbus also added defenceman Ian Cole and were among the busiest teams Monday.
More to come…